February 5, 2015
Burnham's MP welcomes new child abuse inquiry appointment

Burnham-On-Sea's MP Tessa Munt has welcomed the Home Secretary’s appointment of a New Zealand High Court Judge as the Chair of the government's Statutory Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Tessa was among the original group of seven MPs who met to discuss allegations of child sex abuse involving non-state organisations, public sector institutions and individuals in authority, including paedophiles operating from within Westminster.

Tessa, who herself has previously experienced sexual abuse, told "It is pleasing to see progress being made after some setbacks. I am sure the Home Secretary, Theresa May, is absolutely determined to uncover the truth about these appalling crimes."

"I met with Theresa May before she delivered her statement about the appointment of Lowell Goddard, and she kindly gave me advance notice of her proposals. I am particularly pleased that the Home Secretary has acted on my suggestion last July to appoint someone from the Commonwealth to lead the Inquiry."

"I have been meeting the Home Secretary regularly since July last year to offer my help and suggestions about finding a Chair for the Inquiry. It is important to have someone who understands our system, our administration and our language, but has as few links to the 'establishment' as is possible."

"The Home Secretary has acknowledged the enormous scale of the problem and that these are 'despicable crimes'. In Parliament, she acknowledged that abuse is perpetrated now, in every town and village in the UK. She recognised that although abuse may have occurred historically, the effect and impacts can be life-long."

One of the primary aims of the inquiry is to ensure that children and the vulnerable are afforded the care and protection they deserve.


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